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Old 06-22-2014, 06:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We rescued a Husky wolf hybrid stray from traffic on a hot HWY yesterday. It was a narrow escape for him. He was trotting on the shoulder on hot pavement and stopped when I called him and to my great surprise he came. Thanks to people living along the road who stopped traffic, and the drivers who stopped, I was able to slip a martingale over his neck and he willingly jumped in the car next to my crated DDog, who didn't react at all (*proud, proud of my pup). I was pleasantly surprised. It was the sweetest, calmest dog ever. No signs of shyness, abuse or aggression, travels nicely and appreciated being driven in a cool (as in temperature) car. A neutered male, appr. 5 years old. Definite plenty of wolf in him but in his behavior I couldn't detect it. He was well fed, moderately neglected (long nails, dirty ears and a dull coat)
I took him to a shelter where he was identified with a chip. They were legally required to take him so I couldn't take him home. So far hasn't been claimed. I put a hold on him for fostering and possibly adopting him if things go well here. It clicked instantly and I miss him now.
I realize you have to be careful what to ask for; I have always admired the hybrids but never pursued one due to the hybrid issues and the small chance of finding one that will be mostly "dog" in behavior.
I am zigzagging between excitement and feeling "OMG, don't do anything stupid".
I'll leave it up to the universe or whoever is in charge of this stuff.

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Old 06-22-2014, 09:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If your fellow has already given him the ok I'd say give it a try. Photos?

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Old 06-22-2014, 09:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hope it you can adopt him! Wonder though if instead of wolf, he could be a husky/gsd mix. I am thinking a big sable gsd/husky mix that could be mistaken for a wolf mix.
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Darn. I wanted to see pictures too. Please post updates.
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've got a wolf hybrid who I believe is mostly Siberian Husky. Not sure about what "hybrid issues" you were referring to. I haven't had any issues with my boy, other than his weird wolfy ways that my purebred Sibe doesn't (nor my 2 GSDs for that matter) show. Hope you took pics to show us. I know a lot of Sibes and Mals get mistaken for pure wolves and wolf hybrids constantly. Hope it works out for you in the end. I love hybrids and wouldn't mind rescuing more in the future, as I learn more and more about handling the mid and higher contents. I met a certified 99% high content wolfdog half a year ago in Oregon. I wasn't comfortable around it, but the older lady owner who raised it would walk right in the half-acre pen unafraid. It was nearly 170 lbs and enormously tall/long. Here's some pics of him, and he's beautiful:




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How much do real wolves weigh?
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I will post a picture when he is in my home, not before that time (bad luck).
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I will post a picture when he is in my home, not before that time (bad luck).
I was hoping you might've taken some pics to post on CL and other websites to help track down the owner, unless of course, you don't really want to find the owner. Haha! I understand that. I know when we rescue dogs from the streets, we take pics to post on the shelter and humane society sites, as well as Craigslist. We've returned many dogs to their rightful homes this way, and it seems to be the fastest way instead of taking the dog to a shelter.

I look forward to seeing the pics if/when you get him back. Good luck!

As for the size of a wolf, it varies depending on the geographical location, but the average seems to be around 80-85 lbs.
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I was hoping you might've taken some pics to post on CL and other websites to help track down the owner, unless of course, you don't really want to find the owner. Haha! I understand that. I know when we rescue dogs from the streets, we take pics to post on the shelter and humane society sites, as well as Craigslist. We've returned many dogs to their rightful homes this way, and it seems to be the fastest way instead of taking the dog to a shelter.

I look forward to seeing the pics if/when you get him back. Good luck!

As for the size of a wolf, it varies depending on the geographical location, but the average seems to be around 80-85 lbs.
That's correct, but hybrids often have what's called hybrid vigour which causes them to be larger and live longer (on average) then each independent species (ligers, as an example are HUGE compared to either a lion or tiger separate).

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That's correct, but hybrids often have what's called hybrid vigour which causes them to be larger and live longer (on average) then each independent species (ligers, as an example are HUGE compared to either a lion or tiger separate).

Wolf/dog crosses are not hybrids as are the offspring of a lion and tiger, so anything to be said of a true hybrid cannot apply to a wolf/dog cross. For one, true hybrids are almost always sterile (like mules), whereas wolfdogs are not.

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